How long have you worked for the center: I started my adventure with the center on September 20th, 2002.
Any significant certifications schooling or if in school at this time: I have returned to SWIC and received my Associate in Art, Associate in Applied Science both in Early Childhood Education. In August 2014 I will be returning to SIUE to pursue my Bachelor’s degree in early childhood. I am CPR, AED, First Aid Trained and Food Sanitation Licensed.
Years in Child Care: I have been in daycare for 12 years.
Why you love children: I love children because as a mother of two children, I want to be able to see children grow up in a loving environment with loving teachers. It is so rewarding to me to be able to provide love to the children while in our care!
Family: Married for 22 years, 2 children 19 & 21.
What do you do in your free time: I love to garden and read in my spare time.
How long have you worked for the center: Since January 2013
Years in Child Care: Have been a babysitter since age of 13.
Why you love children: I love children because they are God’s special blessing & creation. Most are a joy to be around.
Family: 6 children
What do you do in your free time: I like to garden and enjoy time with my dog.
How long have you worked for the center: since October 1st, 2007
Any significant certifications schooling or are in school at this time: I have my CDA and am attending SWIC to become CPR, First Aid and Sanitation certified.
Years in Child Care: I did 2 years of in home daycare before starting at Toddler House.
Why you love children: Children are adorable. I love to watch them grow from a baby on up.
Family: I’ve been married since 2008 and have two grown children who I love very much.
What do you do in your free time?: I like to spend time with family, including a lot of time with my grandchildren. I like hanging out and having fun at Cosmic Bingo, going to yard sales and texting.
Hi, my name is Dawn. I have been working at Toddle Town since 1999. I hold a Child Development Associate Certification and I am currently attending SWIC to further my education. I love working with children because I find it very rewarding to share and be a part of this very unique time of their lives.
How long have you worked for the center: since July 28th, 2014. I started off at Toddle Town with the older toddlers and was there for 7 months. I’ve been at the Toddler House since March 11th, 2015. I couldn’t be happier!
Any significant certifications schooling or if in school at this time?: I am currently finishing up my associate degree in Early Childhood Education. I have my Infant/Toddler CDA, an Infant/Toddler Credential and my ECE Level 1 Credential. I am director qualified and I take many Infant/Toddler based workshops to help make sure that I’m giving the best care that I can give. I am also CPR and First Aide certified.
Years in Child Care: I’ve been passionately working in child care since 2006. I worked in Preschool-school age children until 2010 then I started working with mainly infants and totally fell in love. This age is my favorite and where I plan to stay! I believe that the young ones need a high quality teacher too!
Why you love children: I love working with kids because it really is the best job in the world! I love being able to teach them while we are playing and exploring their environment. I love reading, singing and doing fun art projects with them everyday. I get just as excited as they do to pull out the paints and get messy! We learn from each other. They constantly teach me things that I didn’t know before. I love filling this role for them and helping each step of the way.
Family: I have been with my husband since 2005 and we’ve been married since 2008. We don’t have any children yet, but we look forward to that in the future. We’ve been blessed with a lot of kids in our family to love, spoil and keep us busy in the meantime!
What do you do in your free time: I enjoy watching movies, going to church, spending time with my hubby, family and friends; shopping, yard saleing, playing The Sims 4 and chatting in my guild.
How long have you worked for the center: Since March 23, 2015
Any significant certifications, schooling or are in school at this time?: I am finishing up my associates degree in Early Childhood Education and then I plan to go back to school for my bachelors. I am certified with the Red Cross and also have a certificate in Sanitation and Food Handling.
Years in childcare: I worked at another center briefly before coming to the Toddle Town. I was also a Preschool Sunday School teacher for 2 years.
Why you love children: Children are a blessing from God. I was a bus driver for 15 years. I have a lot of patience and love for children.
Family: I have four boys of my own – one of which is Autistic.
What do you do in your free time?: I enjoy spending time in God’s Word, going to church, reading books, listening to music and camping when the weather is just right.
Hello, my name is Nichelle and I was born in the Phillippines on Clark AFB in May 1989. I am currently a student at Central Georgia Technical College and will be graduating December 2016 with my Associates in Applied Science. After I receive my Associates I will continue my education with Early Childhood Care Education and work towards getting my Bachelor’s Degree.
I enjoy working out and constantly moving. I get very bored when I sit still for very long, so I enjoy moving around and constantly look for things to do and to get accomplished. I have a beautiful daughter named Lexi Caroline who means the world to me. I always try to be the best I can be for myself and her, she’s my motivation. Because if I can’t be the best I can be the I can’t ask the same from her.
Hello! My name is Ivy and I have been at Toddler House since November 2014. I have my Associates degree in Child Care and currently work with the youngest babies in the center, the 6 weeks to 5 month olds. I have gained lots of “hands on” experience , being mom to my three boys – Nick , 20; Nathan, 17; and Noah, 14.
When I am not caring for, loving and rocking babies, I am spending time with my kids, my dog and my cat. I also devout a lot of time ministering in my church and leading worship.